VOLUME 10, ISSUE 3
January 22, 2015
ARTICLES IN THIS ISSUE:
Kutch Wines: 2013 Vintage Provided Compelling & Transparent Wines Alexana: Prescription for Pinot with Unlimited Refills En Garde: 2012 Pinots Very Promising Black Kite Cellars: Outstanding Pinot Noir in 2012 Dolin Estate: New Central Coast Pinots Offer Exceptional Value MacRostie Winery & Vineyards: Evolving to Embrace Quality Birichino: A Mischievous Pair Craft Unique Wines at Right Price Domaine de la Côte: Whole Cluster Goodness Skewis Wines: Pinot from Vineyards with a Pedigree DANCIN Vineyards: Rogue Valley Wines of Distinction Waxwing: Engaging Pinot from an Urban Winery MacPhail Proudly Releases First Estate Pinot Noir Sips of Recently Tasted Pinot Noir Sips of Recently Tasted White Wines Pinot Briefs
Founded by sommelier André Hueston Mack in 2007, Mouton Noir is a two-fold project producing a line of t-shirts and Oregon wines. The wines are described as unique and distinctive garage wines, initially created for some of New York's best restaurants for whom Mack was a sommelier and now available nationwide. Mouton Noir apparel is inspired by skateboarding, punk and hip-hop cultures.
Mack was awarded the prestigious title of "Best Young Sommelier in America" by Chaine des Rotisseurs. This got him a job as sommelier at The French Laundry restaurant and later the head sommelier position at Keller's Per Se restaurant in New York City. Over the years, he has developed relationships with well-known winegrowers and winemakers and it is with this prestigious group that he currently creates his wines. Notable vineyard sources include Thistle, Guadalupe, Elvenglade, Hyland, Zena Crown and Roserock, all in the Willamette Valley.
The wines offer clever, appropriately irreverent names and cheeky matching slogans. Wines offered include "Knock on Wood" (unoaked Willamette Valley Chardonnay), "Love Drunk" (Rosé), "Oregogne" (Willamette Valley Pinot Noir and Chardonnay) and O.P.P. - Other People's Pinot (Pinot Noir). O.P.P. references a certain popular rap song that references certain sexual practices, but Mack is just having fun with a play on words.The wines are priced less than $20 and are sold on the winery's website. Touted as "Kick-Ass Garage Wines from Oregogne." The project has expanded from 380 cases with the 2008 release to 20,000 at the end of 2012.
Articles About Mouton Noir
2010 Mouton Noir Oregogne Garage d’Or Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
13.4% alc., 396 cases, $44. Love the play on words and the label which reminds of that famous domaine in Burgundy. · Medium reddish-purple color in the glass. Nicely perfumed with aromas of red cherries, sandalwood and baking spices. Tasty core of dark red cherry and dark strawberry fruits with an underlying streak of tarry oak. Soft, silky, and easy to drink, with some fine-grain tannins and a fruit-filled finish. Score: 88. Reviewed September 5, 2013 ARTICLE »
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